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Shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll land among the stars… or if you’re lucky at Chicago’s famed Adler Planetarium, which was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere when it opened in 1930.

The Adler Planetarium has launched its first crowdfunding campaign to benefit their Mission Moon exhibition. The opening will coincide with the 45th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 13 mission. The Adler hopes to raise $95,000 for a dramatic redesign of the interactive exhibition, which tells the exciting story of our nation’s first steps into space.

If you’ve ever dreamed about outer space — and who hasn’t — contribute today on LivingSocial. Your generous support will help make the Adler’s reimagined Mission Moon exhibition a reality when it opens on April 11, 2015.

Every bit helps (the sky is the proverbial limit) the Adler Planetarium fulfill its mission of inspiring the exploration and understanding of our Universe. There are special perks, too, for different contribution levels, from astronaut ice cream delivered straight to your front door, to one of-a-kind original artwork signed by American space hero Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., and much more.

Thanks for helping this project blast off! Over and out.

Southwest Splendor at America’s National Parks

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This post is part of our Escapes Editor’s Picks series, where LivingSocial travel expert Nick Stafford talks about great destinations to travel and tour.

Q: Tell us about this month’s pick, a four-day tour of the American Southwest.

A: Storytelling is one of the best ways to inspire travel. This month’s Editor’s Pick is a story about some of the most iconic destinations in America… the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. You may have visited the stunning National Parks already – and want to return – or perhaps they’ve just always been on the top of your travel list. Either way, these parks are majestic, and filled with adventure.

We are featuring a four-day exploration of three national parks. Each trip has a maximum of 12 travelers, so it’s an intimate and social trip. In Utah, the vibrant vistas of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park create an otherworldly landscape so vivid and disarming, they landed on AFAR magazine’s list of Where to Go in 2015. And then there’s the Grand Canyon. The breathtaking depth and vastness of Arizona’s geological wonder attracts five million visitors every year.

Q: What kind of traveler is suited for this tour? Do they need to be skilled hikers?

A: Lovers of nature! The tours can accommodate everyone from children to seniors. You’ll typically walk/hike about three miles a day. Our partners can always make arrangements for more avid hikers who want to go off on their own.

Q: What part of the trip sounds most exciting to you?

A: For me travel is about discovery. Somewhere new. Because I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, I’d be most excited about Bryce Canyon National Park. The website description is so tempting: “There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Descriptions fail. Cave without a roof? Forest of stone? Even photographs strain credulity.”

Q: Tell us about the hotels included, Ruby’s Inn and Jacob Lake Inn.

A: The parks are the stars of the show. The hotels are rustic, warm, and quiet. Think of them as perfect jump-off points to the national parks that you will explore during your trip.

Q: When is the best time of year to book?

A: The date options for these tours are already the most optimal times of the year. Summer is obviously hotter, so if you like warm but not too hot, then book for the spring or fall. Note that the Grand Canyon North Rim is only open between May 15-October 15 each year, so trips before or after those dates will be visiting the spectacular Capitol Reef National Park instead.

Q: We are sold! What are the must-pack items?

A: Sturdy shoes, ideally with ankle support, and best if they are broken in. Lots of layers, sunscreen, a canteen, and of course a camera/great smartphone to document your trip, but be careful stepping backwards!

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There are some exciting events popping up on our site, mobile app and emails that have a new look and feel.

Deals ‘Powered by SeatGeek’ include concerts, sporting events, theater and other live performances.

When clicking on a “Powered by SeatGeek” deal, you’ll find an interactive map of the venue showing available seats at the best prices.

Once you are on the deal page, simply hover over the colored dots to see pricing options in each section, or search and find tickets based on price and quantity on the right hand side.

SeatGeek’s Deal Score technology helps you choose with information like row location, expected sightline from the section and historical ticket prices for the performer and venue.

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LivingSocial highlights the best value tickets at the top of the page and features an interface to view other ticket available. Once you have made your choice, just a click of the mouse will take you to a SeatGeek screen to finalize your purchase.

SeatGeek’s interactive maps can be accessed from our mobile app too. Simply click ‘view more on seatgeek.com’ for the color-coded interactive map. Click on the colored dots to see pricing, and then choose your tickets from the options listed below. You’ll be able to review your selection with all the details and pricing before you check out. From there, just click ‘Buy’ and a SeatGeek screen will pop up to finalize your purchase.

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Your next adventure is only a click away!

Red Carpet Rules of the Road

If your invitation to the Oscars got lost in the mail like ours did, don’t fret! We’ve got everything you need to get red carpet ready for any festive occasion.

First thing’s first: magnify your mane with the Peter Coppola 7-piece hair care system. Including everything from shampoo to thickening structural cream, this kit will add the perfect amount of volume and shine to your look.

Once your locks are primped and primed, create glamorous curls with this $220 curling iron for only $19.99 – that’s 90% off! (Maybe use those savings on post-fete burgers and shakes for you and your entourage?)

Get ready for your close-up with this 5-piece designer make up kit. This Coastal Scents palette includes 20 eye shadow shades to help you achieve any evening look! For an added punch try this photo ready eyeliner + brightener 4 pack — forget the Instagram filter, the camera loves you as is.

For the finale, add a finishing touch with Calvin Klein speakeasy red lipstick. Or pick from any of the other 12 essential make up pieces from Calvin Klein, only $12.99 each.

Pro tip: to plump up your lips add a brighter shade in the middle of both the top and bottom lip for a fuller look. And to make your color last all day, shade in your lips with a similar color lip liner, then top if off with lipstick.

With these tips and savings, you’ll be on the best-dressed list for sure!

Get Naked at the Zoo for Valentine’s Day

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Think outside the chocolate box this Valentine’s Day.

Show your true love with the help of one of the sexiest little beasts residing at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC — the naked mole rat.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, our neighbors at the National Zoo are offering this exclusive deal with LivingSocial. For $10, you can symbolically adopt and gift a naked mole rat to the valentine of your choice. The lucky recipient will be given a certificate of adoption, as well as a heartwarming (and cleverly cheeky) e-card of your choice.

The National Zoo’s Adopt a Species program was established in 1997 to help enrich zoo programs in science, education and animal care. Today, the National Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals from 300 species, and proceeds from your e-adoption will aid in the conservation and care of animals at the Zoo and around the world.

The naked mole rat has stolen our hearts.

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